At a time when women are coming forward and sharing their stories of how they’ve been sexually harassed, assaulted, and abused and the #MeToo movement is rightly demanding accountability, this account of former Vice President Joe Biden touching and kissing the onetime Democratic nominee for Nevada’s lieutenant governor without her consent in 2014 should mean former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign is over before it really even began.
In an essay published by “The Cut,” Lucy Flores wrote that, when she learned the then-vice president had offered to appear at a rally in Nevada to support her campaign, she was grateful. But that feeling changed, she said, when Biden approached her from behind as she was getting ready to address the crowd.
She wrote that she felt the vice president place two hands on her shoulders before moving closer to her from behind.
Then, she says, Biden kissed her on the back of her head.
“He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.”
While I appreciate what Joe Biden has contributed during his time as a United States Senator and Vice President, it’s hard to overlook the many mistakes he’s made – and it seems clear it’s time for new voices.